The National Open Golf Championship begins in the name of Matteo Manassero who, in Abruzzo, at Miglianico G&CC (par 71) in Miglianico (Chieti), with a partial of 66 (-5) closed the first round at the top of the ranking.
Matteo Manassero in Abruzzo
After 18 holes the athlete from Veneto has only one shot ahead of amateur Riccardo Bregoli, second with 67 (-4). In the first event of the Italian Pro Tour 2021, the national and international competition circuit of the Italian Golf Federation, amateurs shine. In third position, with 68 (-3), alongside the professional Luca Cianchetti, there are in fact Francesco Abbà, Lucas Nicolas Fallotico and Andrea Romano.
He disappoints Giulio Castagnara. Reigning champion, the 26-year-old born in Pordenone is 70 / o with 76 (+5). Tomorrow the second round (of four total) with Manassero who will try to stretch at the top.
In the first races of 2021 Manassero obtained two second places on the Alps Tour. These results allowed him to fly to the top of the ranking of the order of merit of the third European circuit despite some regrets for missed and only near-miss victories.
On the eve of The Masters (April 8-11 in Georgia, USA) world golf rejoins Jordan Spieth who, 1.351 days after the last time (The Open in July 2017), come back to win. In San Antonio (USA) the 27-year-old from Dallas wins the Valero Texas Open at home with 270 (67 70 67 66, -18) hits and puts an end to a fast with almost 4 years of victory. For the American it is the 12th title (figure including 3 Majors) on the PGA Tour. Only four players – Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas – before turning 28 had managed to reach this figure on the maximum American circuit.
At TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course, par 72) the kiss with his wife and a liberating scream marked the return to the circle of Spieth winners which started 2021 in a great way. Prior to this feat, the Texan had achieved four Top 10s in six races. And at the 207 / a start, after 82 tournaments without cheering, Spieth is back on the top step of the podium. And he did it by overtaking compatriot Charley Hoffman, second with 272 (-16). Third place (274, -14) for the English Matt Wallace.
The exploit in San Antonio allowed Spieth to cash a check for $ 1,386,000 for a total prize pool of 7,700,000, and to wear the cowboy boots that symbolized the competition.
A few days before the first Major 2021, the Masters Tournament (which Spieth made of him in 2015) golf rejoins Spieth, a unique talent who seemed to have lost his way. In his palmares of him also the Us Open and the Open Championship (the only Major that has not won is the PGA Championship, where he collected a second place in 2015). But also two high notes on the Australian tour and one in an unofficial event (World Challenge). For a player of innate class.
It is that of the Japanese Tsubasa Kajitani, seventeen, the second name engraved on the trophy of the Women’s Amateur in Augusta (Georgia), the top event in women’s golf for the quality of the field and competition theater. The same where the Masters will be staged next week.
She started two shots back yesterday morning, she survived a double bogey at 17, she reacted with a super recovery to the last one and waited as a leader in the clubhouse for the playoffs. She won against the American Emilia Migliaccio after a playoff hole, always the 18th, this time played to perfection.